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Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

1st Edition

Katherine Wheeler
February 06, 2018

In the mid-1880s The Builder, an influential British architectural journal, published an article characterizing Renaissance architecture as a corrupt bastardization of the classical architecture of Greece and Rome. By the turn of the century, however, the same journal praised the Renaissance...

The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology

The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology

1st Edition

Kimberly A. Smith
November 22, 2017

During the period in which Expressionist artists were active in central Europe, art historians were producing texts which also began to be characterized evocatively as ’expressionist’, yet the notion of an expressionist art history has yet to be fully explored in historiographic studies of the...

Video Art Historicized: Traditions and Negotiations

Video Art Historicized: Traditions and Negotiations

1st Edition

Malin Hedlin Hayden
October 12, 2017

Video art emerged as an art form that from the 1960s and onwards challenged the concept of art - hence, art historical practices. From the perspective of artists, critics, and scholars engaged with this new medium, art was seen as too limiting a notion. Important issues were to re-think art as a...

Messerschmidt's Character Heads: Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History

Messerschmidt's Character Heads: Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History

1st Edition

Michael Yonan
October 04, 2017

This book examines a famous series of sculptures by the German artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783) known as his "Character Heads." These are busts of human heads, highly unconventional for their time, representing strange, often inexplicable facial expressions. Scholars have struggled to...

Circulations in the Global History of Art

Circulations in the Global History of Art

1st Edition

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel
May 31, 2017

The project of global art history calls for balanced treatment of artifacts and a unified approach. This volume emphasizes questions of transcultural encounters and exchanges as circulations. It presents a strategy that highlights the processes and connections among cultures, and also responds to...

Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet

Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet

1st Edition

Nathan J. Timpano
May 30, 2017

This book takes a new, interdisciplinary approach to analyzing modern Viennese visual culture, one informed by Austro-German theater, contemporary medical treatises centered on hysteria, and an original examination of dramatic gestures in expressionist artworks. It centers on the following...

Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe

1st Edition

Kristel Smentek
May 22, 2017

Celebrated connoisseur, drawings collector, print dealer, book publisher and authority on the art of antiquity, Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) was a pivotal figure in the eighteenth-century European art world. Focusing on the trajectory of Mariette’s career, this book examines the material...

Comparativism in Art History

Comparativism in Art History

1st Edition

Jaś Elsner
February 08, 2017

Featuring some of the major voices in the world of art history, this volume explores the methodological aspects of comparison in the historiography of the discipline. The chapters assess the strengths and weaknesses of comparative practice in the history of art, and consider the larger issue of the...

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism: International Experiments in Italy

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism: International Experiments in Italy

1st Edition

Marin R. Sullivan
December 05, 2016

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown, and...

The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

1st Edition

Ray Hernandez-Duran
October 28, 2016

The first substantial Mexican colonial art historiography in English, this book examines the origin of the study of colonial art in Mexico as a symptom of the development of modern museum practice in mid-nineteenth-century Mexico City. Also an intellectual history, this study recognizes the role of...

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain

1st Edition

Catherine Roach
June 27, 2016

Repainting the work of another into one’s own canvas is a deliberate and often highly fraught act of reuse. This book examines the creation, display, and reception of such images. Artists working in nineteenth-century London were in a peculiar position: based in an imperial metropole, yet...

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